Community Engagement and Crime Prevention with Risk-Based Policing: Real Data, Real Results

Community Engagement and Crime Prevention with Risk-Based Policing: Real Data, Real Results
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1Module 1
Recorded on: 2020-06-18
Unit 1Slide Deck: Community Engagement and Crime Prevention with Risk-Based Policing
Unit 2Transcript: Community Engagement and Crime Prevention with Risk-Based Policing
Unit 3Workbook: Community Engagement and Crime Prevention with Risk-Based Policing
Unit 4Recording: Community Engagement and Crime Prevention with Risk-Based Policing

Law enforcement agencies have employed various approaches when it comes to their efforts to curb criminal activities and maintain the safety of the communities they serve. This webinar will unpack how the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) utilized the risk-based policing (RBP) approach and leveraging risk terrain modeling (RTM) to prevent crimes and enhance public safety.

This session’s resource speakers are Capt. Jonas Baughman and Dr. Joel Caplan. Capt. Baughman is a veteran from the KCPD who’s served in various roles and is currently assigned as the commander of the Central Patrol Division’s evening shift. Meanwhile, Dr. Caplan is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. He is the Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security and a faculty instructor to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Innovations Suite Research Practitioner Fellows Academy. He’s served as a police officer and wrote books on the intersection of research and policing.

Topics tackled on this course are:

  • What risk terrain modeling and risk-based policing are and how it is applied in crime prevention.
  • The RTM DX software provided by Rutgers University to make risk terrain modeling accessible to various agencies.
  • The 3-step RTM process, the sets of data that need to be collated, and the output generated upon analysis.
  • How RTM output enables law enforcement agencies to solve problems better through risk-based policing.
  • A look into how RTM and RBP are applied in real-life policing strategy that focuses on environmental risk factors.
  • The strengths of RTM and RBP
    • Providing a forecast of where crimes are more likely to occur which allows agencies to prevent it from happening.
    • Scalability and customization that allows the model to be used in agencies of different sizes, locations, structure, and even industries.
    • Ability to evolve and learn based on ever-changing external factors.
  • The background researches, ease of use, and effectiveness of the approach that led the KCPD to employ RBP.
  • A rundown of how KCPD deployed RBP from training, awareness campaigns, creation of resource materials, output reports, and the tools used.
  • A glimpse into how KCPD applies the insights they get from RTM into RBP.
  • How RTM and RBP brought significant crime reduction to KCPD and shifted the culture to focus on places instead of people.
  • Efforts that the KCPD is currently doing and planning to implement based on the developments brought about by RTM and RBP.
  • A look into the importance and the positive outcomes of pursuing police-academic relationships.

Points raised during the Q&A are:

  • Resources available for the public on RTM.
  • Identifying and collating the risk factors with the help of the community.
  • The scalability of RTM and its applicability to different fields.
  • The biggest barrier to implementing RBP.


Resources and Handouts


Audience Comments

  • “I will be discussing this with our management analyst as an alternative to what she has already been doing. This seems like an easier program.” — Victoria
  • “Good evidence-based approach, thank you for the software links. This topic was also discussed by Cincinnati, Ohio police at the POP conference last year where RBP has been applied with great success. The presenters today were excellent.” — Trevor
  • “I am a researcher working with a police department to implement Risk-Based Policing Strategies city-wide. I enjoyed the various action items for officers to conduct in the field.” — Steven
  • “I liked the model provided and can see the many benefits of being proactive vs. reactive.” — Phyllis
  • “I would say everything [was great] because I have been pursuing a career in crime and intelligence analysis ever since an internship in grad school, and seeing how the speakers discussed how they are teaching their crime analysts these programs and techniques, really stuck with me! I hope to see more webinars on proactive policing, especially more that relate to crime hotspots because there is much more to policing than just high-speed chases and arrests. It’s also about community engagement and crime prevention.” — Nicholas
  • “Great presenters! Loved the poll questions and Q&A.” — Crystal
  • “I like that it’s a free tool to try – my department like many others has a lot of institutional knowledge about the small city already so predictive tools are rarely worth the cost, but trying out this free tool certainly couldn’t hurt and if it gives just one new high risk area in the city that’s a win. Thanks!” — Holly
  • “It was all good info. Good presenters!!” — Carrie
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